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Landlords become more wary about buy-to-let

Landlords’ confidence in buy-to-let has fallen in the past three months, according to a survey by LSL Property Services. Some 42% of landlords believe now is a good time to invest, a drop from 48% in Q1.


Mortgages, Minghella and Mutuality

David Webster is the new chairman of the Building Societies Association and chief executive of the Hanley Economic Building Society but he’s also a blogger and a film buff and takes his inspiration from unusual sources


Why property is still a sound investment

Last week I was lucky enough to visit an Egyptian resort on the Red Sea, and concluded that the whole town was a triumph of pure force of will over seemingly impossible natural conditions. The location officially receives zero annual rainfall and where tourism has not touched it, the area as inhospitable as it can […]


Check the potential of landlord business

The rental property market is thriving despite or partly because of the economic slowdown. From individuals who rent out second homes through to entrepreneurs, activity is buoyant. That said, overall the market is subdued, with lending flat over the past five quarters. With a market of over 1.2 million buy-to-let mortgages there is an enormous […]


Cooking up trouble on the regulatory front

I was either brave or foolish when, in 1969 at the tender age of 22, I bought a house with a mortgage despite the fact that there was no Lord Adair Turner or an industry of quangos to watch over me.


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